History department to add courses


Photo by Kelby Lorenz Students going in and out of Roemer Hall, the new home to the Work and Learn office.

Andy Nicholson | Reporter
Feb. 10, 2016; 4:30 p.m.

The History and Geography Department  is changing the name of the history major to the historical studies major, and will be adding eight new classes starting next semester.

Meredith Marsh, department chair of history and geography, said the department wants to give students more flexibility when it comes to choosing history classes for general education credits. She also said the department is excited to give historical studies majors more flexibility to study their area of interest.

The eight new history classes are:

  • US History: Colony to New Republic
  • US History: New Republic to World Power
  • US History: The American Century
  • US History: American History through the American Economy
  • US History: History of Gender
  • US History: History of Race
  • US History: America the History of Food
  • The Atlantic World

“We are all very excited about this,” Marsh said. “It’s fun to come up with a new class and the material.”

There is now a total of 19 general education courses for students, according to Marsh. The main change is that the new thematic courses will now count towards general education requirements.

This was made possible by a subcommittee that formed within the history department. It was made up of four professors from the St. Charles campus and one from the Belleville campus.

Assistant Professor Theodore Cohen received a grant from the American Historical Association, a society of historians and professors of history, for workshops to develop material and majors. This grant led to the major name changing and the addition of courses.

Lindenwood won’t be hiring any new professors for these new history classes, according to Marsh.